The Indian Express | 1 week ago | 05-08-2022 | 07:45 pm
The State Election Commission (SEC) has directed the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to stop its election process till further orders as the Eknath Shinde-led state government has issued an ordinance to amend the clauses related to civic elections in the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act that will restore the previous method for fixing the strength of corporators for each municipal corporation, while cancelling the ongoing election process of the civic bodies.In an official order dated August 4, SEC Secretary Kiran Kurundkar said that the state government on August 4 has made an amendment in the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act and its provisions. The civic bodies are directed to stop the election process till further orders, he said.“The state has promulgated the ordinance to make amendment to Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act and Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act and thereby change the total number of seats of the municipal corporations. It has also annulled the process of delimitation and reservation done so far by State Election Commission and has provided that such process shall be started afresh,” Kurundkar stated.As per the amendment, a municipal corporation with population over 30 lakh will have a minimum of 161 elected corporators and the number will increase for each 1 lakh population. Thus, the strength of corporators in PMC is likely to be 166 as against 173 corporators for which the election process of delimitation and reservation of seats was conducted.In the previous term, there were 164 seats in PMC but the Uddhav Thackeray-led state government had made amendments to increase the number of seats considering the population had grown in the last decade while the delay in completion of 2021 Census due to pandemic was unable to give the exact population of civic bodies. The SEC is following 2011 Census figures for the election process.“The PMC had completed the process of delimitation, reservation of seats and finalisation of electoral rolls for the civic elections as per the direction of the State Election Commission. However, the process is now being stopped as per the new directions,” said Yashwantra Mane, in charge of the PMC election department.The previous Maha Vikas Aghadi government had increased the strength of corporators in PMC to 173 while deciding to hold the elections in three-member electoral panel as against the four-member electoral panel in the previous election. However, it has once again reverted to a four-member electoral panel.Meanwhile, the city Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has decided to approach the Supreme Court against the state government’s decision saying it was contempt of court as the election process was being implemented as per the direction of the apex court but the current state government was unnecessarily delaying it by amending the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act. “The citizens have already suffered due to the absence of an elected body in the PMC. The apex court had objected to the further extension of tenure of administrator and (directed to) declare the election within 15 days. The current decision would further delay the election and add to the suffering of citizens,” said city NCP chief Prashant Jagtap.Pune BJP chief Jagdish Mulick said that the new state government had to make the amendment in the Act as the previous government decision was violating the norms set up to decide the number of corporators in municipal corporations.
NAVI MUMBAI: The Raigad local crime branch team on Monday detained the tempo driver involved in the fatal accident of former MLC Vinayak Mete. Mete's SUV and the tempo had collided near Bhatan tunnel in Rasayani on the Mumbai carriageway way of Mumbai-Pune expressway on Sunday around 5.15am. Read AlsoEx-MLC Vinayak Mete dies in car mishap on Mumbai-Pune expresswayFormer member of legislative council Vinayak Mete passed away after his SUV met with an accident near Bhatan tunnel in Panvel taluka on the Mumbai-Pune expressway on Sunday at around 5.30am. He was travelling with his driver in a Toyota Fortuner SUV from Pune towards Mumbai.Dayanand Gawade, police inspector of Raigad local crime branch, said, "The detained tempo driver has been identified as Umesh Yadav, who has not been arrested yet and FIR is not yet registered. The exact cause behind the accident is yet to be ascertained after considering the Mumbai forensic science laboratory's inspection report and the postmortem report. Prima facie, a motor vehicle accident case was registered at Rasayani police station." He said, "The concerned tempo was identified from the CCTV camera surveillance at Bhatan tunnel, as the fatal mishap had occurred about 500 metres before the Bhatan tunnel and around 5.30 am, the tempo was spotted crossing the tunnel towards Mumbai. The tempo's registration number led us to the tempo owner in Palghar. With the help of Kasa police in Palghar, we traced the tempo owner, who provided us the tempo driver's name as Umesh Yadav and also mobile number and that he had gone to Vapi with the tempo. We contacted on Yadav's mobile and he recieved the call. When asked whether his tempo and a Ford Endeavour SUV had crashed on the Mumbai-Pune expressway near Bhatan tunnel, he confirmed it. But, he claimed that the SUV had crashed into his tempo from behind. Hence, he halted and checked if his tempo was damaged and then he travelled ahead. Yadav's mobile tower location was traced to Vapi, Gujarat. Our crime branch team reached Vapi and detained Yadav on Monday early morning. He has been handed over to Rasayani police station for further probe."
PUNE: The ghat section of Pune district recorded heavy rainfall, with Lonavala recording 131.7mm in the last 24 hours, said the India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials. The intensity of rainfall in some sections has reduced compared to the last few days. Lavasa recorded 67mm, Bhor 64.5 mm, Girivan in Mulshi recorded 61.5mm and Malin in Ambegaon recorded 21mm rainfall during the period, the officials added. On Sunday, the IMD issued orange alert for the ghat areas in Pune and western Maharashtra region, including Satara and Kolhapur, for the next 48 hours. "There is depression over south Jharkhand and North Odisha. It is likely to move towards northwest in next 24 hours. There is an offshore trough between Gujarat and Maharashtra. And the monsoon trough is located south of its normal position. Because of these weather conditions, the ghat areas in western Maharashtra region, including Pune district, will receive heavy rainfall in the next 48 hours. As a result, we have issued an orange alert on Sunday," said a senior met official. As the depression comes over Vidarbha region and neighbouring areas, the region is expected to receive extremely heavy rainfall of more than 200mm in the next 24 hours, the official said. "The city is expected to receive moderate rainfall on Monday. The rainfall intensity will reduce from August 16 onwards," the official said The city areas have recorded light rainfall, with Shivajinagar and Lohegaon observatories recording 2.6 m and 3.4mm rainfall, respectively in the last 24 hours, ending 8.30pm on Sunday. The rainfall activity in neighbouring Satara district was subdued compared to the last few days, with Mahabaleshwar recording 15mm rainfall in the last 24 hours ending 8.30am on Sunday. However, the rainfall activity was rigorous throughout Sunday and it will be close or more than 100mm. The exact recording of rainfall will be known on Monday morning, officials said. The ghat areas are mainly in Bhor, Velhe, Mulshi, Maval, Khed, Ambegaon, and Junnar tehsils. The ghat section in Bhor, Velhe, Mulshi, and Maval tehsils has been receiving extremely heavy rainfall at isolated locations for the last few days. So much so that Tamini ghat alone, which is one of the famous tourist destinations, had recorded 215 mm rainfall on Saturday. "On at least four occasions, Tamihini ghat recorded over 200 mm rainfall in the last few days. It will receive heavy rainfall in the next 48 hours. Villagers living in the hilly region face difficulty in accessing various services, including health care," said a senior official from the district disaster management cell.
PUNE: Two men on a motorcycle late on Saturday evening threatened a worker (26) in a private company near Chakan and snatched his cellphone worth Rs2,000 at Khalumbre village, when the victim was walking home. An officer from the Chakan police said that on Saturday, two men on a motorcycle stopped the complainant while he was returning home. The pillion rider threatened the worker and snatched his cellphone and the duo drove away towards Khalumbre village," said the officer.
MUMBAI: Over a month after he stepped down as CM and announced his resignation as member of the legislative council, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray is still to quit his Upper House membership. Sena sources said Uddhav was unlikely to resign, but would instead continue to ensure that the party's newly appointed leader of opposition in the council, Ambadas Danve, retains his post. Besides, the Sena is keen to ensure more votes for the MVA when election for the council chairperson is held. "Uddhavji hasn't given a formal letter of resignation. So, he is still an MLC and he will continue. He will not attend any session, but will retain his membership so that the Sena's and the MVA's numbers do not fall short during the election of the chairperson," a senior Sena functionary said. "At present, the post of chairperson is vacant and deputy chairperson Neelam Gorhe (Sena) is holding charge. If the Eknath Shinde-Devendra Fadnavis government gets the 12 nominees from the governor's quota appointed, every MLC will count during the chairperson's election. So, it has been decided that Uddhavji will not resign for now. If the chairperson's election is held before the 12 members are nominated, the MVA can easily win it. So, Uddhavji's vote is important," the functionary added. The Sena has 12 members in the legislative council and has claimed the support of one independent. The NCP has 10 members and the backing of an independent. The BJP has the maximum of 24 members, while the Congress has 10.
PUNE: A cybercrook, who posed as an armyman, duped a 28-year-old engineer of Rs80,000 on the promise of selling him a used washing machine and refrigerator. The techie had fixed the deal for the home appliances at Rs7,500. The glib talker took Rs80,000 from the techie through 10 UPI transactions. The techie became suspicious when the 'armyman' started asking for more money to return the amount. He then filed a complaint with the Dighi police against the unknown person. Pimpri resident duped of Rs1.5 lakhIn another fraud, a cybercrook duped a 37-year-old Pimpri resident of Rs1.5L under the pretext of purchasing his second-hand items. The fraud took place on August 6. The victim on Saturday filed a complaint with the Pimpri police. "When the complainant asked the suspect to return the money, the latter abused him," said an officer from the Pimpri police.